This Saturday, I went through three states to get you hardcore MMA lunatics plenty of new photos and information to keep your bloodlust satisfied and your thirst for knowledge quenched! In Philadelphia, PA, Bellator held their open try-outs at the Daddis Fight Camp, to determine a winner and new fighter for their roster. There was one clear cut winner and that was Giedrius Karavacras, but many familiar faces showed up from the local fight scene and chances are we will see a few others on the East Coast shows as well. Karavacras will most likely debut October 21 at the Philly Bellator show, but that is if they can get him an opponent in time.
The entire event was pretty quick, less than three hours total, and was broken up into rounds of grappling from the knees and hitting pads with your coach or another fighter trying out. There was no live sparring like previous tryouts, likely due to the number of injuries that can happen, and rightfully so as three men alone were hurt during the grappling phase. Bjorn Rebney and Sam Caplan oversaw the event, and FYI we did talk to Bjorn as well as Bellator Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, so watch out for those soon!
After that, we trekked to Newark, New Jersey, for the debut of Brick City Fighting Championships. Promoted by Louis Turco, the eight-fight premiere had good solid fights, albeit with poor logistical planning and technical glitches on the production side courtesy of Go Fight Live. I have come to expect those problems with first-time shows and do not hold it against them, especially since the fights were 400% better than I thought they would be, with battles featuring guys like Gregor Gracie, Jerome “The SynJrome” Martinez, Eric Bradley, Ran Weathers, Carlos Cline, Daisuke Yamaji, Artur Rofi and others.
You can see the full photo galleries for the Bellator FC Philadelphia Try-outs and the Brick City Fighting Championships at those links right there, but if you are not totally set on looking through all the shots, hit the jump to see a select few to pique your interest!
Bellator Philly try-outs
Brick City Fighting Championships
You can check out the full photo galleries for the Bellator FC Philadelphia Try-outs and the Brick City Fighting Championships at those links right there to see more carnage and beatdowns from this weekend!